Strongest Hurricanes Striking the U.S. More Frequently
A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals that the largest and most powerful hurricanes are striking the United States three times more frequently than they were a century ago. Danish researchers measured how strong a hurricane was by calculating the total area of destruction, instead of by the cost of the storm's damage. Hurricanes with a total area of destruction of 467 square miles are in the top 10% of storms since 1900. These storms are happening 3.3 times more frequently amid global climate change.
“It’s the most damaging ones that are increasing the most,” said lead author Aslak Grinsted, a climate scientist at the University of Copenhagen. Grinsted said eight of 20 storms in the top ten percent have happened in the last 16 years.
Hurricanes are the costliest natural disasters in the United States.